by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Of Orlando
3701 L. B. McLeod
Orlando, Florida 32805-5591


"The Body Beautiful - The Resurrection"
I Corinthians 15:35-49
Print 296, CT 204t92

This last week in The Baptist Witness, our state paper, the editor wrote an article
and he began it this way. I think most everybody can identify with it.
"A visit with my 84-year-old mother on Christmas Day in
Birmingham was extremely painful. Arteriosclerosis has robbed
her of the ability to remember even her children. Arthritis has
confined her to a wheelchair. The two, along with the ravages of
time has reduced a once strong, wise and faithful mother and
pastors helpmate to that of a helpless child. No longer able to
control her bodily functions, or read her Bible, which she did faithfully
and daily for many years. She sits and talks unendingly and
unintelligibly to a Raggedy Ann doll.
Following Christmas dinner at my sisters home, I
volunteered to take Mother back to the nursing home facility.
Despite efforts of her children to make the room as comfortable
and homey as possible, the surroundings still render the place
cold and lonely.
Later, in an attempt to get her attention to say good-bye,
I knelt in front of my Mothers wheelchair, pulled the doll from her
grasp and told her in a loud voice that I had to go. Her eyes
focused on mine momentarily but there was no kiss and gentle
loving embrace, only silence and an expression as lifeless and cold
as a stone. So I handed her the doll, told her I loved her and kissed
her good-bye. My heart felt as though it would explode as I left her
alone in the place she dreaded more than death itself."
Jack, my friend and brother in Christ, certainly was going through an agonizing
experience as he watched his mothers body deteriorating. And you see that very
process and what happens to that body is something that has stirred the minds of men
for many years. Two thousand years ago th ...

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